Surrounded by the aroma of earthy spices like cumin turmeric and ginger, mixed with the subtle sweetness of coconuts and fragrant vanilla, it is difficult to not indulge. Jamaica provides a culinary experience like none other, with a history flavoured by ethnic groups from around the world. Curry is as much our heritage as jerk, and with an open mind and healthy appetite, one can easily discover the delicious complexities of Jamaican cuisine. Restaurants and food festivals will only provide a sample. The real ‘all right’ is found in the kitchen of Jamaicans who, as we would say, ‘born and grow’, on our cooking.
Travellers looking for a memorable vacation before the end of 2015, or planning an adventure for 2016 can now look to our intriguing bucket list. Inclusive of both well-known and under-the-radar experiences, accomplishing this list will generate wonderful memories with friends and family for years to come.
Renowned for its old world charm, secluded beaches and off-the-beaten-path allure, Jamaica’s South Coast is a veritable treasure trove of quintessential Caribbean culture. It is a region teeming with quaint fishing villages and elaborate Georgian architecture, a place known as much for its friendly people as for its pristine, untainted natural beauty. Complete with a rich biodiversity, delicious food and historical plantations, Jamaica’s South Coast is a not-to-be-missed destination getaway.
“With a rugged coastline, rambling hills, jungle wetlands, and colonial architecture, Jamaica’s South Coast is intriguingly diverse,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Its unspoiled beauty, warm people and lush vegetation has made it one of Jamaica’s heritage and ecotourism locations. Relatively untouched and all natural, the area is truly Jamaica’s best-kept secret, an ideal location for visitors who desire a laid-back and easy ambience.”
Jamaica’s South Coast is a treasure chest of coves and bays. A mixture of dark and white-sand stretches, rocky inlets, fishermen’s enclaves and secluded swimming spots, the region’s shores promise a range of possibilities.
SITES TO SEE
Treasure Beach: With a six-mile stretch of black and coral-coloured sand, private coves and rocky shores, Treasure Beach is an untrodden respite brimming with the South Coast’s vibrant local culture and people. Having successfully maintained its charm as a modest fishing village, visitors can expect a truly authentic experience.
1. MISTY BLISS
Holywell, Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park – The Blue Mountain Region , Kingston
This will be a family celebration of the natural and cultural heritage of the Blue & John Crow Mountains!
As the tagline ‘Celebrating Mountain Pleasures and Treasures’ suggests, Misty Bliss will include the history and traditions of the windward Maroons and the natural heritage. Focus will also be given to the wide diversity of plants and animals in the forests of the Park.
The Blue & John Crow Mountains are nominated for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List.
Jamaica’s eleventh annual Restaurant Week kicked off on November 13 and already people are salivating in anticipation of the delicious deals the event will be serving up. Spanning all three of Jamaica’s major cities, Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Restaurant Week 2015 (Nov 13-21) will be dishing out discounted meals (appetizer, main course and dessert) in six categories: “Tasty”, “Savoury”, “Delectable”, “Nyam and Scram” “Morning Bites” and, “Epicurean” to interested patrons. There are over 75 restaurants participating, but just in case you needed any help making up your minds, here’s a list of 5 Places to Eat in Ocho Rios!
Jamaica is rich in its landscape: from lush vegetation, to dense rainforests and mountainous countrysides to the soft, white-sand beaches you’ve come to love about this paradise. Nature is truly Jamaica’s best draw, and we don’t just mean the turquoise waters…venture off your resort, past the tourist buses and explore deep into the heart of Jamaica: you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find.
The island is dotted with natural wonders like rivers and waterfalls that often run between boundaries, separating the islands 14 parishes. With waterfalls that can be easily climbed, rivers to float down, and pools to slip into and cool down, a Jamaican waterfall tour should be on your discovery list for your next Jamaica vacation: these adventures will spice up your trip beyond the jerk spice. We have 6 waterfalls that will make a splash in your Jamaica vacation itinerary.
Climb the 200-foot waterfall to reach the look-out point that offers a fantastic view over the port town and well-known resort area of Ocho Rios. The limestone rocks and mineral water tumbling down over the edges will soothe you as you climb up with the help of a guide. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit here – deep pools offer a relaxing soak, a natural shower under a curtain of water, and a mini-cave half-way up offers shade (and complete submersion!) The waterfall is nestled into the hills of St. Ann parish and also features a botanical garden, small zoo, jerk hut, and educational centre on the area and the famed Bob Marley. Continue reading Trip Ideas: Explore further, 6 waterfalls to get you off the resort
We’ve got you covered with what to do and where to go in our Capital of Casual, Negril, known for its cliff divers, sunsets and seven miles of white sand beaches.
- Seven (7) Mile beach- (Long Beach)
Voted one of the best in the world and located at Jamaica’s most western point, Long Beach is famous for its unquestionable beauty.
- Negril Cliffs (West End)
Explore another side of Negril, the cliff side located at the West End of Negril. With several restaurants, attractions and accommodation facilities perched on these cliffs you are bound to have a unique experience.
On the Northern Coast of Jamaica,lies the parish of Trelawny, affectionately known as “Yam Country” and home to the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt who jokingly credits his speed to the properties of this tuber.
Its capital town, Falmouth which houses Jamaica’s newest and largest cruise port (built in 2011), is well positioned between the more popular resort areas of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Whether you come by cruise ship for the day or by air to spend a few days on island, this charming seaside town offers great opportunities for veering off the beaten path and delving into a part of the island’s historic past.